A 58-year-old man in Central Florida went to check on his horses because they were "acting weird" and discovered a massive alligator, which he promptly shot, according to WESH and the Daily Commercial.
The victim told authorities he thought it was dead, but as he approached the intruding animal it lunged and bit his right leg.
The incident occurred on the unidentified man's property around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Bushnell, about an hour northwest of Orlando where an alligator killed a 2-year-old boy at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
The victim suffered injuries to his right leg. Officer Chad Weber of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission told the Orlando Sentinel it was unclear how severe those wounds were, but the man was alert and talking when he was airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center.
Leland Greek, fire chief for Sumter County Fire & EMS, told the Daily Commercial that when crews arrived they found the victim on the ground about 5 feet from the 8-foot-6-inch, 300-pound alligator and dragged him away before initiating treatment.
A trapper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission captured and euthanized the alligator.
“We don't want these things to happen to [anyone else],” Chad Weber of the FWC told FOX 13 News, according to the Daily Mail. “Alligator bites are a very rare occurrence, and we want to know what happened. How did this take place?”
Rich Baur, a friend of the victim, told the Daily Commercial that alligators had previously been spotted on the property, which has a pond. Baur said this alligator appeared to be going after the smaller horses.
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